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MacNFS 3.0p3

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For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
Guides on emulating older applications

MacNFS allows you to mount NFS shares just like they were AFP or AppleTalk shares in Classic Mac OS.
Serial: td56-s9pm-wocp-42m9-ezpr-c

Really useful if you want to re-enable file sharing between your old-school Mac running Mac OS 7.6 through 9.2.2 and your brand new Mac running OS X Mavericks (or any older version of Mac OS X for that matter).

You will also need NFS Manager on your OS X machine to configure the shares you will be connecting to.
NFS Manager can be found here, and it's shareware and still supported by its developer:

A small guide to get you started:

*Install MacNFS on your "Classic" machine
Extract the archive and drop the file named "MacNFS" in your extensions folder and reboot.
Now, if you go to the Apple menu and open the chooser, you should have an icon named MacNFS. Goodie. Click it and it asks for a serial number. Enter the one posted above.

*NFS Manager on your OS X/Intel machine
OSX already has NFS implemented, since it's a UNIX based operating system (and NFS is the default file sharing protocol in any UNIX based OS). What NFS Manager does is giving you a nice and Macish GUI for the command line NFS stuff. What you need to do now is add a NFS share and set some access rights.
This is pretty straight forward. Remember that you set access privileges based on folder permissions in the OS.

I recommend creating a folder named say "Classic" and setting the permissions on that folder to read & write for everyone. Then share this folder using NFS Manager. This is probably the easiest way to do it. You can then mount "Classic" as a guest from your OS 7-9 machine and move/copy/rename files as you wish.

Architecture: 68k PPC

MacNFS requires the following hardware and software:
*Macintosh with a 68030 or higher
*Minimum of 16 megabytes of RAM
*Macintosh OS 7.6 or greater
*Open Transport TCP/IP

MacNFS requires a NFS server with the following software:
*NFS protocol version 2 or later
*PCNFSD version 2 or later (password authentication daemon)
*Network Lock Manager version 3 or later
*Mount program version 1 or later


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by 3371-Alpha - 2017, October 15 - 5:44am

According to this page here, this also works on 68030s or 040s. Might be a different version.

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by gocarlo - 2014, July 19 - 8:25pm

I am so excited to have some simple sharing working between my PowerMac G3 running OS 9.2.1 and my latest Macs running Mavericks!

Works flawlessly for most smaller files, but when I try to transfer Toast CD images (400-600MB), the transfer always craps out part way through, saying that there was a disk error.

Anyone else experience this? Is there something I miss configured? Is there some limitation to NFS I need to accomodate for? Would love any advice.


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by Knez - 2014, January 24 - 10:31am

mrdav: Nice! Need to try that one too with my Quadra and MacBook Pro running Mavericks to see if it works Smile

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by mrdav - 2014, January 24 - 3:14am

For Macs running SSW 6 or 7 I used to use NFS/Share ( ). Don't know how useful it will be these days.